101 Things in 1001 Days · Crafts, Recipes and Tutorials

Recipe: Italian Risotto and Focaccia

Part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge is to cook something new once every month. This month I chose to make Italian risotto and Fccaccia bread.

I’ve never made a risotto or a focaccia before, but I’ve always wanted to try. Now was my chance. It was really good and delicious, and most importantly it was easy to make.

You’ll need for the Risotto:

4 dl (1,7 cups) Arborio or Carnaroli Rice
4 tbs Olive oil
1 Onion
5 dl Vegetable stock
2 dl (0,8 cup) White wine
2 dl (0,8 cup) Grated or chipped Parmesan
Forest mushrooms
Bell pepper

You can replace the mushrooms and bell pepper with anything you like, such as spinach, asparagus, goat’s cheese etc.

How to make it:

Chop the onion, Splash some olive oil on the pan and throw the onion in as well. Fry the onion until it looks pretty (about five minutes). When the onion is pretty enough, add rice and cook for a few minutes.

Add wine and stir, wait until half of the wine has reduced.

Add stock little by little and stir so the rice thickens. Do not let it dry at any point.

When the rice is nearly done, add the Parmesan and other ingredients. Let it stand for a moment and make it juicy. Add vegetable stock if needed.

You’ll need for the Focaccia:

3 dl (1.25 cups) Wheat flour
3 dl (1.25 cups) Durum flour
1 sachet Dried yeast
2 ts Sugar
2 dl (0,8 cup) Boiling water
2 dl (0,8 cup) Cold water
1 dl (0,4 cup) Olive oil
3 ts Salt

I didn’t have any rosemary, so I used basil and oregano. I also added some olives and sun-kissed tomatoes on top before putting it in the oven.

How to make it:

Mix the dried goods in a bowl. Add olive oil and cold water, and mix. Add boiling water to the mix and let the dough warm up. Add the herbs and knead it in. The dough should be a pretty runny. Pour the dough on oiled flat pan and leave it to rise under a kitchen towel for an hour.

Warm the oven to 200°C. Add olives and sun-kissed tomatoes. Pour some of the oil from the tomatoes on top. Leave in the oven for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

With warm hugs and gentle thuds – Keri


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